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Merryman House 2017
gmaann Send a Message
Dear Friends,

I have received word from Orion that I will be working for QIAD in Paducah during the AQS Show in April again. So I will be continuing the tradition started many years ago (I think 2008) by Linda Parker, who was the founder of this forum and the QIAD Marketing Director.

Merryman House is a shelter for abused women and their children in Paducah, KY. We have provided quilts for the women and children all these years, and they have been so appreciated. When times are difficult for these ladies and kids, a quilt brings much comfort. Any size quilt is welcome and any pattern can be used. In the beginning we always used QIAD patterns, (and they ARE the easiest!) but now we do not specify that. I'm estimating that we have given in excess of 200 quilts over the years. Sadly, the need is always there!

The whole town of Paducah really rolls out the red carpet for quilters during quilt week, and this is one way we can say 'thank you' that is really appreciated.

Quilts can be sent to me and I will deliver them to a representative of Merryman House during Quilt Week, which is April 26-29. I will be heading to Paducah at least a week ahead of that time, to help QIAD prepare for the show.

My address is:
Ann Drothler
99 Marian Circle
Crossville, TN 38555

Thanks so much!

Any questions, just send me a message or post on this topic!

Maryq just reminded me that pillowcases are also needed and loved by those at Merryman House!

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2/5/2017 2:06:58 PM
zfatcat Send a Message
I've got one for you Ann. Thanks so much for taking them. I know they must be truly appreciated. Lori
2/6/2017 8:12:48 PM
maryq Send a Message

Don't think I can get a quilt to you, but I have a box full of pieces to make pillow cases...Would you like pillow cases?

2/17/2017 5:58:28 AM
gmaann Send a Message
Oh, Mary! They LOVE pillowcases! I should have included that in my message. Thank you for reminding me. I think the kids, especially, love the pillowcases. So many prints are available that brighten their bedtime.
2/18/2017 6:04:27 AM
suzette58 Send a Message
Wytheville, VA
I will try to get you some pillowcases. Can you give me an idea of when you need them by?

2/18/2017 6:37:50 AM
Oasis Send a Message
West Coast
Hi Ann.........So glad that you will be with Quilt in a day again this year.

I will have some tiny toddler blankets and some pillowcases for you.

Will let you know when I put them in the mail.

Hugs, Linda/Oasis
2/20/2017 7:54:37 PM
dsf618 Send a Message
Altmar, NY
Do you take them throughout the year? I am currently hand quilting a queen size quilt for my Bernie's cousin who has breast cancer then am hand quilting a twin for a still baking baby. After that I will need a project t.
2/22/2017 12:01:31 AM
gmaann Send a Message
To everyone! I collect quilts and pillowcases all year to take to Merryman House in April. And now that the AQS is having a second show in Paducah in September, I would love to be able to take some again then. (I guess I'm just assuming that QIAD will want me to work for them in September!) However, I have also mailed some to them on occasion, but mailing is expensive, when I can take them with me when I go! I not only appreciate it when some QIAD forum members donate quilts and pillowcases, but I also realize that it is an expense for you to mail them to me - or to the QIAD store in Paducah!

Thanks so much for your commitment to this project!

2/25/2017 5:19:10 AM
kho Send a Message
Hi Ann, I hope to get one quilted this week. I have seen robins. A friend of mine will be in Paducah this year. She may be wearing a shirt with a picture of me on it. If you see her please say hello. Hugs

Do you still want crayons and coloring Books?
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3/7/2017 6:52:11 PM
kho Send a Message
Hi Ann, I have one to put the binding on and then it will be on its way to you. We are waiting for a snow storm to hit. Ds1 is here with the grands while mommy sleeps. She works 16 hours tonight. My best to you and Paul. Sanyo who has seen a lot of robins.
3/12/2017 10:48:15 AM
gmaann Send a Message
Hi Sandy,

Thanks so much for continuing to think of Merryman House, even though you have not been to Paducah for a while! They still welcome crayons and coloring books, and I also have a few of each here to take when I go. I am slowing down, but still love to sew and still think I can help QIAD in Paducah. Haven't committed to doing it again in September, but will be there in April.

I really rejoice in the help this forum gives for the ladies and children at Merryman House!

Ann, enjoying the antics of the bluebirds!
3/14/2017 6:55:55 AM
gmaann Send a Message
Today I received a box from grammiequilts containing 12 TWELVE! beautiful pillowcases! I think the box was sitting out on our porch overnight in 20 degree temperatures, but I guess that won't hurt pillowcases. Thanks so much Judi! I know the pillowcases will be much appreciated and USED at Merryman House - and then at home when the ladies and children are able to have a home! I can hardly wait to take them to Paducah!

3/15/2017 10:18:33 AM
gmaann Send a Message
Another package of pillowcases has arrived from Suzette! There are 9 really beautiful pillowcases. One of them has a border fabric with the words "Goodnight Moon", "Goodnight Stars" Don't you just know a child will love that - as they love the book Goodnight Moon! Thanks so much Suzette! You have been so generous!
3/19/2017 11:52:58 AM
gmaann Send a Message
Today a beautiful quilt arrived from Lori (zfatcat)! It is so nice - a little like Eleanor's Delectable Mountains pattern, and scrappy in blues, purples and greens.

Photobucket has defeated me, but I will try again to conquer it. I used to do all right many years ago, but haven't had any success for the past few years. I would love to be able to show you the quilts and pillowcases I will be taking in April to Merryman House.

Thanks again, Lori and all of my QIAD forum friends who support this project!
3/20/2017 12:53:39 PM
kho Send a Message
Binding is done on the quilt. Will try to make a few pillowcases and have them in the mail by this weekend.
3/20/2017 2:39:04 PM
gmaann Send a Message
I returned home from the Pigeon Forge Mountain Quiltfest last night and found a package with 20 little mini quilts from Linda/Oasis waiting for me! Linda has sent these little quilts for 3 years now and they are so wonderful! They are about 18" square, all in flannel, and just perfect for babies and toddlers. The lady from Merryman House told me last year how much they love these quilts for the little ones. They are easy to cuddle and easy to wash.

Linda uses flannel prints so delightful for children, and they are also backed in flannel. They are 'birthed' and top-stitched. Such a great idea!

And kho - thanks for letting me know that there will be more items on the way. I have quite a stack of donations from out QIAD Community Forum friends in a corner of my sewing room. I will be leaving for Paducah the day after Easter (April 17th) and returning home on May 2. I usually wait for a while after I arrive in Paducah to contact Merryman House. That gives some of those attending the show time to find me. You can also just mail things to the QIAD store in Paducah to my attention and I will get them. I appreciate you all so much!

BTW - Linda mailed her little mini quilts in one of those strong plastic bags and they arrived safely! I think that probably saves some on postage costs. I'm not sure if the P.O. has them available. I ordered a box of 50 much smaller ones than she used from Staples for a very reasonable price. I didn't notice if they had larger ones available.
3/26/2017 12:59:11 PM
kho Send a Message
Ann, I didn't get them in the mail yet. Hope to make a couple more pillowcases to send. Will let you know when they are on the way. If your phone number is still the same I will send you a text. Hugs and have fun in Paducah.
3/27/2017 4:14:09 AM
kho Send a Message
Ann, in the mail today.

Will be there friday
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3/29/2017 1:34:06 PM
gmaann Send a Message
Today our mailman, Boo (Yup, that's his name!) brought a package of 14 BEAUTIFUL pillowcases from Maryq! Some are perfect for kids, with prints to delight them, and some are perfect for the Moms, with pretty feminine prints! One pillowcase is perfect for a clown - and I imagine there is at least one child who is a clown!

Thanks so much Mary! Mary has been a faithful supporter of this project for many years. I keep hoping to meet Mary in Paducah some day, and I think she hopes the same thing. But we all know how busy Mary is at work and at home!

The folks at Merryman House will be delighted to see me this year. I have such a nice collection of quilts and pillowcases to give them. Thanks to all my QIAD forum friends for supporting this project.

And I will be looking forward to seeing what comes from kho in the mail tomorrow!

3/30/2017 6:33:03 PM
kho Send a Message
Ann, it should be there.
3/31/2017 12:19:05 PM
gmaann Send a Message
Boo was back today with a box from Sandy/kho! She sent 12 pillowcases and a BEAUTIFUL quilt with the 'unscariest' monsters I have ever seen! The quilt is bright with yellow and orange and red and I can just imagine the smile on the face of the child that receives it! And a couple of the pillowcases match it. Most of the pillowcases have 'kid' fabric, but a few are soft and gentle for the women. I am truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of love by my forum friends for this project. I know Linda/QIAD Linda would be thrilled to know her project is ongoing. I will try to get in touch with her to let her know.

Thanks, Sandy, and everyone who has participated over the years! The first year many of us took one of Eleanor's classes in Paducah, then had a 'Show & Tell' for her of the quilts we were donating to Merryman House. Most of the quilts in those days were QIAD patterns. We hadn't thought of pillowcases then, and in the past few years we have donated many pillowcases. I know the kids love them. I have a grandson who wanted the same pillowcase on his pillow every time. Only when it was really 'in the wash' would he be satisfied with another. Pillowcases are so easy to wash, and the staff at Merryman House has said how much they appreciate them!
3/31/2017 1:19:02 PM
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